The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has been invited to attend a White House meeting next week led by President Donald Trump and his administration regarding infrastructure.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Price will head to Washington D.C. for Monday's announcement of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. Price is believed to be the only Texas mayor invited, and says she would like to see more funding come to North Texas. According to reports, Trump will call for $200 billion in new federal funding, including $100 billion in cost-sharing payments for state and local projects.
Other stories this evening:
- Studies have shown a high rate of suicide in the veterinary community. One-of-every-six veterinary school grads in a 2014 CDC survey said they’d considered taking their own life. The WNYC podcast series “Death, Sex and Money” had been looking into this when producers learned a veterinarian and two veterinary technicians in Dallas killed themselves in separate incidents within weeks of each other. KERA’s Sam Baker spoke with host and producer Anna Sale about what she learned in Dallas.
- To make "The Laramie Project," Moises Kaufman and his theater company interviewed hundreds of people about the murder of gay college student Mathew Shepard. The play has become one of the most performed pieces of contemporary theater. Now, Kaufman is artist-in-residence at University of North Texas. In our State of the Arts conversation, Art&Seek’s Hady Mawajdeh talks with the playwright about his unique approach to theater.
You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.